A Woman's Place is in the House: Royal Women of Judah and by Elna K. Solvang

By Elna K. Solvang

Archaeological discoveries have more and more dropped at mild facts of women's involvement within the royal homes of the traditional close to East, but such proof has now not essentially altered the belief of monarchy as an completely male-gendered theological, political, and social establishment. Solvang's learn assembles the proof looking for an built-in view of royal women's place and tool in severe services of monarchy, tough ordinary assumptions approximately women's position within the royal harem. The old info serves as a backdrop for a literary examining of biblical texts describing the royal residence of Judah. cognizance is given to 3 ladies representing varied royal positions: Michal (daughter), Bathsheba (queen mother), and Athaliah (queen and monarch).

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Maria Hausl provides a summary of the etymology of this root in Ugaritic, Aramaic, Akkadian and Hebrew in Abischag und Batscheba: Frauen am Konigshofund die Thronfolge Davids im Zeugnis der Texte 1 Kon 1 und 2 (Arbeiten zu Text und Sprache im alien Testament, 41; St Ottilien: EOS Verlag, 1993), pp. 240-22. 1. Who Are the Royal Women of the Ancient Near East? 67 Comparable positions of governorship are viewed in the Assyrian royal court. 71 The feminine sakintu is applied to the goddess Zarpanitu, 'the Lady of Babylon', who is the governess of the Akitu House,72 and to female administrators associated with various royal palaces and business enterprises.

Jacobsen, The Sumerian King List (Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago; AS, 11; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1939), p. 104. 1. Who Are the Royal Women of the Ancient Near East? 8 The description of royal women's status and functioning generally requires more than one relational title. One woman might hold all of these titles, namely, mother, wife, sister and daughter of the king, in a lifetime. This could occur in cases of brother-sister royal marriages (such as those in Egypt and pre-Hittite Anatolia) where a daughter and son of the same king marry each other and their male offspring becomes heir to the throne, or in cases where a daughter of a king, sister of the next heir, is married to a king of another territory and becomes mother of the successor to the throne in that kingdom.

319); Schulman, 'Diplomatic Marriage', p. 177. 21. Schulman, 'Diplomatic Marriage', p. G. Giiterbock, 'The Deeds of Suppiluliuma as Told by his Son, Mursili IF, JCS10 (1956), pp. 41-68,75-98,107130 (94-95, 97-98). 22. Ward, Essays on Feminine Titles, p. 58. 24 A Woman's Place is in the House a sympathetic concern for daughters who could be dispatched without regard for their own wishes to a foreign nation with strange customs, language, and husbands whom they had not met, but this comment also needs to be challenged.

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